DIY Network crashes Issaquah homeowners’ master bathroom

July 12, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

$70,000 upgrade transforms space into spa-inspired destination

The master bathroom in Jeremy and Carrie Paget’s South Cove home resembled a time capsule from 1981, the year the house was built — colorless tile, a slim skylight and oak cabinets accented in brass.

Factor in a leaky shower and a dearth of space, too, and the need for a floor-to-ceiling overhaul became apparent.

“We didn’t really use this room other than just to get ready and use the sink to brush our teeth, things like that,” Jeremy Paget said.

Reclaimed teak is a prominent feature in the renovated bathroom at Jeremy and Carrie Paget’s home after a ‘Bath Crashers’ makeover. By Greg Farrar

Now, after some persistence and TV magic, the blah bathroom is a destination. DIY Network’s “Bath Crashers” transformed the space. The episode featuring the Pagets debuted July 4.

The remade space includes a spacious shower outfitted with a pebble-tile floor, a deluxe bathtub and larger skylight to drench the bathroom in natural light. The upgraded bathroom also includes more electrical outlets than the 1981 original.

The reclaimed teak flooring and surround-sound system lend the space a feel more commonly found in a spa than a suburban bathroom. The estimated cost for the renovation: $70,000 in donated materials and labor.

Crews used some attic space above the garage and space from a closet to expand the bathroom. The team enlisted the homeowners to help install tile and flooring.

“They came through,” Paget said. “They made some really cool changes.”

The homeowners listed ideas for “Bath Crashers” host Matt Muenster, a contractor, and a crew descended on the house in March.

“We pretty much told him things that we didn’t want and we told him things that we do like,” Paget said.

The master bathroom emerged as a priority for improvement not long after the homeowners bought the house.

The experience marked a homecoming for Paget, because the Issaquah High School graduate grew up in South Cove. The proud Issaquah High graduate even donned a T-shirt from his alma mater during filming. Carrie Paget graduated from Eastlake High School.

Some improvements to the home started soon after the Pagets settled in the neighborhood.

“There’s a lot of work that needed to be done, and I’ve been slowly trying to do it myself,” Jeremy Paget said. “Some of the bigger projects, like the bathroom and stuff like that, take a lot of money.”

DIY Network’s home-improvement shows often provided sources of ideas and inspiration. “Bath Crashers” entered the equation after the Pagets’ friends sent photos to the show’s producers — to no avail.

What to know

Watch the “Bath Crashers” episode featuring Jeremy and Carrie Paget at:

  • 8:30 a.m. July 20
  • 2:30 p.m. Aug. 7
  • 9 p.m. and midnight Aug. 15
  • 10:30 a.m. Aug. 17
  • 9:30 p.m. Aug. 23

DIY Network is channel 203 on Comcast and channel 217 on Broadstripe.

“The producer said that their bathroom was too nice,” Jeremy Paget said. “They asked if they had anybody else that they knew.”

So, the Pagets sent numerous photos and emails to “Bath Crashers” producers. The persistence paid off.

Soon after producers selected the outdated bathroom for a makeover, contractors arrived and laid down plastic sheeting. Meanwhile, a camera crew roamed throughout the house.

Simultaneously hosting film and renovation crews made for some surreal moments.

“Everywhere you turn, there was some random person that you just met yesterday hanging out in your house and eating a sandwich at your dining room table,” Paget said.

The remodel transformed a seldom-seen room into a high-traffic area. Paget said the overhauled bathroom is the nicest room in the house — and guests always ask for a tour.

“People tromp through places of your house that they usually don’t go into,” he said. “It’s definitely weird to have people coming to visit you just to see your bathroom.”

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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